By SHARLYN ERI
IT is a legal requirement that every nurse and midwife must remain registered with the Papua New Guinea Nursing Council, says acting registrar Doctor Nina Joseph.
Joseph said nurses and midwives would not be employed to practice as health workers if they were not registered.
She said the provisional license and the full license were the two requirements for nurses and midwives.
“If you are not registered, you cannot be employed to practice as a registered nurse or midwife, the two required licenses are the provisional license for the first six months then full license throughout employment.”
Joseph said the provisional-to-full registrant data gap from 2004-2014 showed that only 44 per cent of provisionals had converted to full registrants. She said nurses and midwives also had to renew their licenses to practice and reminded those who did not renew their licenses to do so.
Joseph said the medical board and the nursing council had suggested a penalty of K100 for unregistered nurses and midwives.
“But this had not been effected because the council wanted to give every nurse and midwife a chance to register,” Joseph said.
“The notice sent out gave the direction for every one of us to be registered.
“There was also an inclusion of a penalty fee of K100 that was going to be pushed as of 2014.
“But we haven’t started imposing that (because) we would like to see every single nurse and midwife in the country get registered.”
By SHARLYN ERI